Get Your Career Started in the Solar Energy Field

Certificates can be earned in one or two semesters

Anyone can take our solar training courses, but they are recommended for industry professionals and those who want to enter the renewable energy career field. There are no academic prerequisites, but some trade knowledge will be helpful to students entering the Photovoltaic Installer and Solar Thermal Installer certificates.

  • Basic Solar Photovoltaics Certificate will take approximately one semester to complete. There are no prerequisites for this certificate.
  • Photovoltaic Installer Certificate will take approximately two semesters to complete. We recommend that you have some electrical/electrician experience prior to taking these courses. After you complete the certificate, you will be required to have some solar experience if your goal is to take the NABCEP examination.
  • Solar Thermal Installer Certificate will take approximately two semesters to complete. We recommend that you have some plumbing experience prior to taking these courses. After you complete the certificate, you will be required to have some solar experience if your goal is to take the NABCEP examination.

Students must demonstrate college-level proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics before entering this program. Skills in these areas may affect the sequence of courses in which students can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete this program. For more details see Academic Placement.